Tanashia is the mother of three breastfed daughters ages 9, 4, and 3 months. Her older daughters self-weaned at ages 13 months and 16 months. Tanashia blogs about pregnancy, birth, parenting and family life at The Tallahassee Huffs.
What motivated you to breastfeed?
I have always known that I would breastfeed my babies. As a child I didn’t know that it was the best thing to do, but I knew that I would.
What is the history of breastfeeding like in your family?
My grandmother breastfed her six children, but because she had to. My mother & her sisters did not breastfeed. My sisters & my cousins did not breastfeed. I was the first to breastfeed in my generation. My mother & grandmother could not understand why I didn’t give my baby formula since I could afford it! Read more…
Erykah is the soon-to-be mother of six children: a now 11 year-old who was breastfed for 16 weeks, a (step)daughter, twins who were breastfed for 19 months, and an 18 month-old son who just weaned due to Erykah’s current pregnancy.
Erykah’s determination to breastfeed her youngest son literally saved his life.
You can read Erykah’s family adventures at her blog, Catastrophe Out On the Lawn.
Essence.com blogger, Cori Murray talks about her breastfeeding experience.
For me, a new breastfeeding mom, I’ve made a personal commitment to do so until my daughter is one. But I didn’t need the Pediatrics journal as motivation. I long heard breastfeeding was the absolute best source of nutrition for babies. Breast milk may help protect against: obesity, allergies, childhood leukemia, type 1 diabetes, colic, ear infections, respiratory problems and SIDS. Not to mention it may boost a child’s IQ. If a mother is able, why wouldn’t she want the best for her baby?
From NewsChannel 8 in the Washington D.C. area
NewsChannel 8 – On Your Side: Less Black Mothers Breast-feed Than Other Mothers – Researchers say the lives of nearly 1,00 babies could be saved if more women breast-feed their babies. Their reason is that breast milk helps protect against everything from ear infections to diabetes and even leukemia.
Interesting article on cross-nursing in Jamaica.
“Sister Pauline Lovindeer, director of the breastfeeding programme at the University Hospital of the West Indies (UHWI), Mona, said that while it is not practised by hospital officials, some women in Jamaica still breastfeed each other’s baby.
“People do it, it is a matter of choice, it is a matter of she (mother) wanting a friend to help her out and mutual agreement between them — it happens — but at the institutional level, like at the hospital, we no longer give one mother’s milk to another’s baby,” said the nurse.”
“The lives of nearly 900 babies would be saved each year, along with billions of dollars, if 90 percent of U.S. women breast-fed their babies for the first six months of life, a cost analysis says.”
First Lady Michelle Obama, speaking Wednesday at a White House conference on workplace flexibility, recalled the day she interviewed for a job as an executive at the University of Chicago Medical Center–and how she breastfeed her daughter.
The mother of a newborn, Sasha, now eight years old, Mrs Obama could not find a babysitter so she took her baby along to the meeting.